Ambassador to the US hosts 70th anniversary celebration

As part of the 70th anniversary year of the US-UK Fulbright Commission, British Ambassador to the US Sir Kim Darroch hosted a celebratory reception on 8 May at his official residence in Washington DC.

Fulbrighters past and present came together with lawmakers and representatives of Fulbright to reflect on the contributions of the past 70 years. Speaking at the event, Assistant Secretary of Education and Cultural Affairs Marie Royce said of the programme, “It is vital that we continue asking why does Fulbright matter, and why it is important to keep supporting Fulbright? The answer lies in the amazing Fulbright participants each year, who are addressing global challenges and benefiting both our great nations.”

A special highlight were the remarks from current British Fulbrighter Fiona Asiedu, who is earning her Masters at the Harvard School of Education. She remarked, “Being on this Fulbright scholarship has been a life-changing nine months for me. To leave what you know as a norm and be immersed into another culture has taught me many invaluable things... the most important thing, is the value of openness and the importance of being open to different perspectives.”

Also in attendance were US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and members of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board Senator Mark Pryor, Dr. Markos Kounalakis, Anita McBride and Natalie Quillian. We thank HSBC, Arnold & Porter and the Althea Foundation for their support of the event.

Since 1948, the US-UK Fulbright Commission has promoted the transatlantic relationship through education exchange. It is the only organization offering scholarships for students and scholars both ways across the Atlantic in any discipline.

 

The British Ambassador to the US hosted a reception in celebration of the US-UK Fulbright Commission’s 70th anniversary at his official residence in in Washington, DC

The British Ambassador to the US hosted a reception in celebration of the US-UK Fulbright Commission’s 70th anniversary at his official residence in in Washington, DC

Ambassador Kim Darroch welcomed current Fulbrighters and alumni, along with representatives and supporters of Fulbright

Ambassador Kim Darroch welcomed current Fulbrighters and alumni, along with representatives and supporters of Fulbright

Speakers reflected on the programme’s impact and its continuing value and importance for the future

Speakers reflected on the programme’s impact and its continuing value and importance for the future

Marie Royce, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs, joined US-UK Fulbright Commission Executive Director, Penny Egan CBE, for the event

Marie Royce, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs, joined US-UK Fulbright Commission Executive Director, Penny Egan CBE, for the event

Fulbrighters spoke with US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos

Fulbrighters spoke with US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos

The reception forms part of the Commission’s wider anniversary celebrations

The reception forms part of the Commission’s wider anniversary celebrations